Hosta 'Wishing Well'

Hosta (Large)

Plant Type:


Hosta 'Wishing Well' - Large. A spectacular blue displaying cupped and strongly corrugated leaves. The substance is heavy, topped with near white flowers in summer. Though these traits are not unusual in big blues 'Wishing Well' is remarkable for another reason: it maintains the powder blue color until frost. Unusual, too, is its sun tolerance - the sun generally being an anathema to blue-leaved Hosta. Though I don't know this for a fact I would think that it holds the color better in the north. I would also suspect it is less sun tolerant in the south where the exposure would be more intense. If you know differently please let us know. It's a slow grower that gets better and better in time becoming an amazing blue element in the garden, a considerable specimen. 'Wishing Well' is the child of complex parentage made by Don Dean, introduced in 2011. Established potted Hosta from division.


23 in


38 in


Pale Lavender, White

Characteristics and Attributes for Hosta 'Wishing Well'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Honey Bees & Native Bees


  • Dappled Shade
  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade


  • Woodland
  • Accent
  • Border
  • Cutting Garden
  • Foliage
  • Cottage Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium


  • Fertile
  • Woodland
  • Draining


  • Garden Origin

Propagated By

  • Division

Genus Overview: Hosta

Common Name: Hosta

Hosta. Hosta is a staple for shade gardeners. Hostas prefer open to dappled shade conditions. Early morning or late day sun is generally acceptable. The exception to the rule (and it seems in the plant world there is always at least one exception to the rule!) is Hosta plantaginea which requires more sun for flowering to occur. Hostas can fill a midsummer’s day dream with spikes of lavender, purple and white blossoms, some fragrant. There are growers and collectors who dislike hosta flowers though I find this a curious affectation; I am personally grateful for perennials of easy disposition that so readily bloom, carefree, adorning and lighting the woodland garden during a period that might otherwise be a flowerless void. Flower your garden! Dig in. Have fun. Hostas prefer fertile draining soil with many demonstrating moderate drought tolerance once established. Many of the following are offered as pot-grown divisions of our stock plants. Others are from tissue culture. For Hosta there are several different size charts available that can be found on line with some digging. Of course, some plants straddle these arbitrary determinations. We are using the following classification...

Mature Heights:

Miniature: less than 6 inches

Small: 6 - 12 inches

Medium: 12 - 18 inches

Large: 18 - 24 inches

Very Large: 24+ inches

Please note that if Hosta is purchased in our autumn shipping windows they will arrive cutback and ready for the long winter's nap.